Descendants of Anthony Coombs

Anthony Coombs was an ancestor of MARY LOUISA ALLEN, who was the wife of GEORGE REINARD KLEEBERGER and the mother of  FRANK LOUIS KLEEBERGER.

Link to  ISABELLA H COOMBS (see Generation No. 5 below), grandmother of Frank Louis Kleeberger


Brøderbund Software, Inc., World Family Tree Vol. 12, Ed. 1, (Release date: July 28, 1997), "CD-ROM," Tree #0798, Date of Import: 18 May 1998.

Generation No. 1

1. ANTHONY COOMBS I was born Abt. 1642 in Normandy, France, and died Abt. 1728 in Rochester, Mass.. He married DORCAS WOODEN February 5, 1687/88 in York, ME, daughter of JOHN WOODIN and MARY.

Notes for ANTHONY COOMBS I: [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 12, Ed. 1, Tree #0798, Date of Import: 18 May 1998]

Came to America at age 17 to avoid religious persecution. He was from a well-to-do family in France and being the 2nd son, he was destined to serve the church. He was a Hugenot. Rather than seeing her son die from his religious beliefs, his mother, who was a silent protestant, gave her son a box of money and made arrangements for Antoine to leave by ship, never to see her beloved son again.

He went to New Meadows with two companions Gutch and Thomas where they all purchased land from the Indians Chief Mahatiwormetister (Robin Hood). Antoine went by the more scotch-like Allister after arriving in America, purchased about 2,000 acres. They started a nice settlement there but the Indians felt wronged and many of the settlers were killed and some were driven out, including Allister and his wife Dorcas and their four children. They had lived there at New Meadows for about 15 years.

Some time between 1695 and 1698 he removed to Rochester and built an iron works; the rest of their children were born in Rochester. In 1704 the town gave a piece of land to "Anthony Coombs" near Peter Blackmore's mill on condition that he do the work of a smith among them for 7 years.

There was a longing on the part of the young folks to go back and claim the land at New Meadows. Tradition says it's believed Anthony destroyed his deed to prevent his children from doing so. The Pejepscot Papers indicate that the "Alister" claim was taken into consideration but not allowed by council at Boston which made the final settlement in 1742.

Anthony and Dorcas died sometime after 1722, Anthony probably died in 1728, at about 86 years old.

Ours was a worthy ancestor, although he wasn't a brilliant hero, he was a useful citizen, a man of industrious , progressive habits, sterling honesty, and uncorruptible integrity, forward in the establishment of churches and every good work, one of a class of men wanted in every community.

More About ANTHONY COOMBS I:

Fact 1: Hugenot, came to USA via ship
Fact 2: February 5, 1687/88, married Dorcas Wooden at York ME
Fact 3: They had twelve children, 1 died
Fact 4: Abt. 1660, bought 2,ooo acres, New Meadows
Fact 5: 1675, Anthony "Allister" driven out by Indians
Fact 6: 1679, Rev. Gutch drowned
Fact 7: Abt. 1698, he removed to Rochester with 4 children
Fact 8: 1704, town gave him land to work as a smith
Fact 9: Abt. 1728, died probably in Rochester
Fact 10: Seven more were born at Rochester.Marriage

Notes for ANTHONY COOMBS and DORCAS WOODEN:

[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 12, Ed. 1, Tree #0798, Date of Import: 18 May 1998]

The children were recorded at Rochester with the last name spelled Comes.

Children of ANTHONY COOMBS and DORCAS WOODEN are:

2. i. PETER COOMBS I, b. August 18, 1691, Salem, Mass.; d. March 30, 1768, New Meadows, Brunswick, ME.

3. ii. TABITHA COOMBS, b. 1693, New Meadows, Brunswick, ME.; d. WFT Est. 1723-1787, New Meadows, Brunswick, ME.

Generation No. 2

2. PETER COOMBS I (ANTHONY) was born August 18, 1691 in Salem, Mass., and died March 30, 1768 in New Meadows, Brunswick, ME. He married JOANNA HODGKINS WFT Est. 1705-1739 in Glouchester, MA., daughter of SAMUEL HODGKINS and HANNAH ?.

Notes for PETER COOMBS I: [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 12, Ed. 1, Tree #0798, Date of Import: 18 May 1998]

Peter was the first Child of Anthony's to return to New Meadows. Land-hunger impelled him, he settled on the northern part of the laned which his father had once purchased from the Indians, near Howard's Point. About 11 years he satisfied his land-hunger. He owned four 100 acre tracts of land was divided by thr Pejepscot Co. into long, narrow strips, running back from the river. Peter's son George owned three tracts of land, Peter, Jr., one tract. Together they purchased about 900 acres which was about half of Anthony's original purchase from the Indians.

Next to follow him to New Meadows was Anthony (2) and sister Tabitha.

Peter Coombs is buried near the Adams farm at Mew Meadows.

Dr Wheeler in his history of Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell," In 1752 the Lot #55, between the two mills, 54 and 56 was owned by a Coombs; the New Meadows District." Lt.Peter Coombs served on a committee in 1744; His Tax Bill was recorded at New Meadows, Brunswick, ME., in 1730."

More About PETER COOMBS I:

Fact 1: August 18, 1691, Baptized at Salem, Mass., 1st Church.
Fact 2: March 30, 1768, Died at New Meadows near Brunswick.
Fact 3: Settled at New Meadows, ME abt.1730.

More About JOANNA HODGKINS:

Fact 1: her sister was Mercy Hodgkins who married Anthony Jr.
Fact 2: December 25, 1767, Joanna died at New Meadows, ME. age-77.
Fact 3: "A woman of truely Beautiful Qualities."
Fact 4: Her father was Samuel Hodgkins.

Child of PETER COOMBS and JOANNA HODGKINS is:

4. i. GEORGE COOMBS I, b. Abt. 1717, Glouchester, MA; d. March 2, 1797, New Meadows, Brunswick., ME.

3. TABITHA COOMBS (ANTHONY) was born 1693 in New Meadows, Brunswick, ME., and died WFT Est. 1723-1787 in New Meadows, Brunswick, ME. She married THOMAS BERRY WFT Est. 1707-1739 in ?.

More About TABITHA COOMBS:

Fact 1: Was probably "Abigail" who married Thomas Berry.
Fact 2: 1693, He was born in Wenham, Mass. & probably baptized there, too.
Fact 3: September 10, 1722, Married 1st a Mr. Pratt.
Fact 4: Married 2nd Thomas Berry.
Fact 5: She died at New Meadows, Brunswick, ME.

Child of TABITHA COOMBS and THOMAS BERRY is:

5. i. ABIGAIL BERRY, b. Abt. 1720, Portland, ME; d. March 7, 1800, New Meadows, Brunswick, ME.

Generation No. 3

4. GEORGE COOMBS I (PETER, ANTHONY) was born Abt. 1717 in Glouchester, MA, and died March 2, 1797 in New Meadows, Brunswick., ME. He married ABIGAIL BERRY WFT Est. 1736-1765 in ?, daughter of THOMAS BERRY and TABITHA COOMBS.

Notes for GEORGE COOMBS I: [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 12, Ed. 1, Tree #0798, Date of Import: 18 May 1998]

In 1739 he was recorded as a settler at New Meadows, Brunswick, ME.

"A waker upper of the sleepers in the Baptist Church, by rapping on the pews."

In 1757 he served in Capt., John Getchell's Company.

More About GEORGE COOMBS I:

Fact 1: 1739, Was recorded as a settler at New Meadows, ME.
Fact 2: A waker of the sleepers at the Baptist Church, by rapping the pews.
Fact 3: 1757, Served in Capt.,John Getchell's Co.
Fact 4: Married the daughter of Thomas Berry & Abigail Coombs; They were cousins.
Fact 5: He & his wife are both buried at New Meadows Cemetary.

More About ABIGAIL BERRY:

Fact 1: She was his cousin.
Fact 2: Daughter of Abigail Coombs& Thomas Berry.

Child of GEORGE COOMBS and ABIGAIL BERRY is:

6. i. JOSEPH COOMBS, b. March 20, 1751/52, New Meadows, Brunswick, ME; d. November 22, 1817, S.Thomaston, ME..

5. ABIGAIL BERRY (TABITHA COOMBS, ANTHONY) was born Abt. 1720 in Portland, ME, and died March 7, 1800 in New Meadows, Brunswick, ME. She married GEORGE COOMBSI WFT Est. 1736-1765 in ?, son of PETER COOMBS and JOANNA HODGKINS.

Generation No. 4

6. JOSEPH COOMBS (GEORGE, PETER, ANTHONY) was born March 20, 1751/52 in New Meadows, Brunswick, ME, and died November 22, 1817 in S.Thomaston, ME.. He married ELIZABETH GAMBLE June 6, 1776 in probably Thomaston, ME..

Notes for JOSEPH COOMBS: [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 12, Ed. 1, Tree #0798, Date of Import: 18 May 1998]

Data from the family & from Rev. Sinnett's records: "Joseph settled on the 'Keag', which now is S.Thompson, ME. In 1773, with no other property than the axe with which he worked so successfully that in 3 yrs he was the owner of lands & property on the S.W. side of the river, opposite the house of Elder Snow.

He engaged actively in the lime, lumber mill, salt & shipping business, and became one of the leading men in that part of town.

He early embraced the cause of Liberty, and was an ardent and sincere patriot.

During the expedition to Bagaduce, now Castine, ME., he served 1st in Capt.Phillip M Ulmer's Co.; Col. McCobb's Regiment; he was then commissioned Ensign & Lt. He was one of the sturdiest, most upright and energetic man of his day and generation.

Joseph Coombs visited his sweetheart, during his courtship under difficulties which would be appalling to many lovers now. He had to travel several miles through a dense forest, cross the Creek & the George's River to her log house in Warrren, ME. in a skiff or wherry, as most of the settlers kept at hand. Often the skiff was at the opposite side of the River; the Joseph would strip off his clothes & tie them to his head and swim the flood no matter how cold the water was, or how strong the current."

More About JOSEPH COOMBS:

Fact 1: Died at age 63 years.
Fact 2: Some records show his Birthday to be March 10, 1753.
Fact 3: Some have his birthday as March 10.

Notes for ELIZABETH GAMBLE: [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 12, Ed. 1, Tree #0798, Date of Import: 18 May 1998]

She survived her husband for many years.

She said, " that her mother was kind and attentive to the Indians whenever they visited the settlement and to show her gratitude to them for their good offices to her when she was ship wrecked on the Island of Mount Desert, ME.; in cold weather, she would always build a rousing fire and cook lots of food for these Indians, consequently she was highly esteemed by them."

More About ELIZABETH GAMBLE:

Fact 1: Died at age 99 yrs, 6 mos, 7 days.
Fact 2: A prominent citizen in Thomaston, ME.
Fact 3: Daughter of Archibald Gamble

Child of JOSEPH COOMBS and ELIZABETH GAMBLE is:

7. i. ISABELLA H COOMBS, b. April 9, 1781, S. Thomaston, ME.; d. December 2, 1840, probably Thomaston, ME.

Generation No. 5

7. ISABELLA H COOMBS (JOSEPH, GEORGE, PETER, ANTHONY) was born April 9, 1781 in S. Thomaston, ME., and died December 2, 1840 in probably Thomaston, ME.. She married HEZEKIAH PRINCE January 4, 1798 in probably Thomaston, ME..

Notes for ISABELLA H COOMBS: [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 12, Ed. 1, Tree #0798, Date of Import: 18 May 1998]

His estimable wife was a participant with him in all the amenities & charities of social, religious and domestic life. Their home was prized alke by the family & transient visitors, and the union so auspiciously begun here could scarcely be said to be suspended by death, husband & wife both passing away in the course of one month.

More About ISABELLA H COOMBS:

Fact 1: A woman of truely sterling qualities.
Fact 2: She married a Mr. Donahue; he died at Brunswick, ME.

Notes for HEZEKIAH PRINCE:

[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 12, Ed. 1, Tree #0798, Date of Import: 18 May 1998]

More About HEZEKIAH PRINCE:

Fact 1: 1825-1831, Justice of the Peace & Selectman of Thomaston, ME.
Fact 2: 1812-1820, Deputy Collector of Customs.
Fact 3: Pension Agent for receiving & paying Rev. Soldiers.
Fact 4: 1831, Member of the Maine State Senate & Executive Council.
Fact 5: He & his wife were baptized in 1800 together.
Fact 6: They were active Baptist members of St. George Church.
Fact 8: April 17, 1792, He came to Thomaston, ME;was an apprentice joiner 5yrs previous at ME towns.
Fact 9: 1793, After a fire wiped them out they came back.
Fact 10: April 1794, He returned to Thomaston, ME.,where he resumed business as a joiner & Painter.
Fact 11: 1796, Built 1st bridge at Wessewessakeag & 1st Meeting House; then went into trade.
Fact 12: He also manufactured salt & extract of spruce.

Child of ISABELLA COOMBS and HEZEKIAH PRINCE is:

8. i. NANCY POPE PRINCE, b. May 25, 1820; d. March 10, 1859, Burlington, IA.

Generation No. 6

8. NANCY POPE PRINCE (ISABELLA H COOMBS, JOSEPH, GEORGE, PETER, ANTHONY) was born May 25, 1820, and died March 10, 1859 in Burlington, IA.. She married LOREN BICKFORD ALLEN (Allen, Lorenso Beckford b.1812 - Jefferson ME) October 19, 1842 in [Thomaston, ME].

More About NANCY POPE PRINCE:

Fact 1: "Of Worthy Life".More About LOREN BICKFORD ALLEN:

Fact 1: President of a Baptist College in Burlington, IA.
Fact 2: Son of Rev.Wm.Allen & Sally Bickford.

Child of NANCY PRINCE and LOREN ALLEN is:

9. i. MARY LOUISA ALLEN, b. September 1, 1850, Yarmouth, ME.; d. WFT Est. 1888-1945.

Generation No. 7

9. MARY LOUISA ALLEN (NANCY POPE PRINCE, ISABELLA H COOMBS, JOSEPH, GEORGE, PETER, ANTHONY) was born September 1, 1850 in Yarmouth, ME., and died WFT Est. 1888-1945. She married GEORGE REINARD KLEEBERGER April 19, 1879 in San Francisco, CA..

Children of MARY ALLEN and GEORGE KLEEBERGER are:

i. GEORGE ALLEN KLEEBERGER, b. April 15, 1880; d. April 15, 1880

ii. RALPH ALLEN KLEEBERGER, b. November 11, 1882 at San Jose, CA; d. December 7, 1888 at San Jose, CA.

iii. FRANK LOUIS KLEEBERGER, b. June 10, 1885 at San Jose, CA.


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